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Asking for Mrs. mudpuppy....  how do you determine the minimum clearance of a bridge above a navigable waterway?  She says some of the waterways have a published height by the Coast Guard, but the one she's working with does not.

As an EE I'm totally lost here.

 

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The AASHTO Bridge design code should have it in there.

I'm a buildings guy though.

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I was involved in Design Build project in Alaska once. I wish I could find the direct quote from the Forest Service but it went something along the line of "This river is known to have iceberg travel due to calving from the nearby upstream glacier. The nearby downstream Railroad Bridge has but affected by glancing blows periodically, so please design this bridge slightly higher than the RR Bridge. We opine that height will be sufficient.".

My answer, based on experience- guess, then go a little higher for safety.

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21 hours ago, bwin12 said:

I was involved in Design Build project in Alaska once. I wish I could find the direct quote from the Forest Service but it went something along the line of "This river is known to have iceberg travel due to calving from the nearby upstream glacier. The nearby downstream Railroad Bridge has but affected by glancing blows periodically, so please design this bridge slightly higher than the RR Bridge. We opine that height will be sufficient.".

My answer, based on experience- guess, then go a little higher for safety.

 

My wife was finally able to get a hold of someone from the Corps of Engineers yesterday and this was basically their answer.  Except they don't know how high the next bridge over is.  Apparently the Coast Guard is the ultimate authority on this (for navigable waterways), but they're furloughed.

 

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This method works  920x920.jpg

nope not enough

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On 1/23/2019 at 6:28 PM, mudpuppy said:

 

Asking for Mrs. mudpuppy....  how do you determine the minimum clearance of a bridge above a navigable waterway?  She says some of the waterways have a published height by the Coast Guard, but the one she's working with does not.

As an EE I'm totally lost here.

 

Whoever governs the waterway should be able to provide the answer. They should know what the other bridge heights are and what suze water crafts usually travel that water path.  Ideally,  you would want to at least match or be higher than the next bridge up and down stream from where you are.

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